As a teenager it’s extremely hard to get a good job especially when you have no experience and most employers have a negative preconception of teens. Here is a quick guide to finding a good part time job!
What are your interests?
If you want to find a job you like, you should find out what you like. Are you interested in fashion, baking, beauty, books? After you have an idea of what your passions are, try list down some stores that you’d like to work at. I know that Lush, Glassons, and McDonald’s hire teens with no or little experience.
Next time you’re in a store, don’t be afraid to say hello and ask; ‘are there any job openings?’ or ‘how do a apply for a job?’ at the counter. Most employees are super helpful and will let you know if they are hiring or give you tips on creating an eye-catching CV.
You can also ask your friends and family if they know of any places that are hiring.
Whip up a CV and Cover Letter
Your CV and cover letter should be short and sweet. Make sure there are no spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. Your CV should be eye-catching and neat.
Your CV should include…
- Courses you have completed (Basic first aid course, barrista course)
- Language(s) you speak
- Important skills that could relate to the job (Can drive a manual car, photoshop)
- Contact details
- Any awards (Silver Duke of Edinburgh)
- Previous jobs whether they are small or big. Only include the most recent jobs! (Volunteered at childcare, babysitting)
Here is a helpful CV and cover letter template
Here is a cool resume template
Go hand in your CV!
When you hand in your CV make sure you have a wide smile on your face. Don’t just hand it in and run away, or else it will go straight in the bin. Make sure you chat with the person behind the counter and show them that you are really cool and confident. Even if you’re not. You have to show your potential employer that you are better than everybody else who have applied for your job who may be older and more experienced than you.
Okay, now what?
Wait. If you haven’t heard from anybody regarding a job in more than three weeks, chances are you didn’t get the job. BUT THAT’S OKAY.
You can apply again when they need more employees such as Christmas time.
You can also start from the bottom and work to the top. Gain some experience. I know it may seem dull, but it will all be worth it!
Good Luck! I hope this helped.